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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Tournament - Preview

As the PGA TOUR continues the portion of the schedule that seemingly honors a different legend every week, we leave the home of Hogan to head to Jack's place. The Memorial Tournament will take place as it has every year since 1976 at Muirfield Village.

Muirfield Village is a par 72, topping out at 7,352 yards and featuring four par 5s. Given those stats, it's little wonder that Tiger Woods is a five-time winner and defending champion here. In his win last year, he finished at 9-under-par and played the par 5s in 8-under.

When I think of Muirfield Village and the Memorial Tournament, I think of a tournament/course that allows long drivers who tend to be a little errant the opportunity to score. That said, the stats tend to show that the course doesn't really favor a certain type of player. That's typically an indicator of a very good course that produces solid champions.

Don't ignore pedigree. The last three winners are Woods, Steve Stricker and Justin Rose. Others who have won since 2000 are Kenny Perry, K.J. Choi, Carl Pettersson, Bart Bryant, Ernie Els and Jim Furyk. None of those are flash-in-the-pan guys. This suggests that a first-time winner is unlikely.

This probably won't be the week to get "cute" with your picks. Play Woods in any format you possibly can. If he's still available in a one-and-done, it's probably time to use him. He's a must in Yahoo!, Golf Channel and PGATOUR.com games.

The risks you need to take this week should be along the lines of figuring out if you want to play Charl Schwartzel coming off a missed cut at Colonial. Betting on Seung-yul Noh to snap out of his slump is not a risk worth taking in a field this deep. Those are meant as examples....I'm not saying start Schwartzel.

We'll take our usual look at current form and course history and come back with a power ranking tomorrow evening.

Until then......Happy Research and have a happy Memorial Day for those in the U.S.

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